If you are experiencing an increase in asthma and allergy triggers, you may have pollen, pet dander, dust mites, hair, and other irritants floating around your air.
Summer is a particularly bad time for allergies from airborne pollen and mold spores. Grasses, such as bluegrass, bermuda, and orchard, and weeds, such as ragweed are among the major causes of seasonal allergies.
Follow these summer allergy dos and don’ts:
Summer Allergy Dos
- Do keep windows and doors closed at night to prevent pollen and mold from entering your home.
- Use air conditioning to help dry the air inside your home.
- Speak with a licensed HVAC professional about whole-home humidification, which monitors and adjust indoor humidity in order to keep it at the optimum level.
- If you’re allergic to pollen, avoid early morning outdoor activity when pollens are emitted.
- When in the car, keep the windows closed and the air conditioner on. Not only will this help save energy, it will also keep allergens outside where they belong.
- Regularly change your car filter (follow owner’s manual instructions).
- Check your air conditioner filter every 30 days. Hold it up to the light to see if it is clogged and dirty. Replace as needed and err on the side of replacement.
- Track pollen levels online or through an app such as the Allergy Alert app. Stay inside when pollen counts are high and during dry, windy, and high humidity days.
- Plan vacations to more pollen-free areas, such as beaches and mountains.
- Stay vigilant when it comes to mold. If you see or smell mode, address the situation immediately. If it’s a small area, put on gloves and either throw the item out (if possible) or clean the area with warm soap and water.
- Mold usually indicates high humidity, plumbing leaks, left-out food, or overwatered plants. Target the source to get rid of the symptom.
- If possible, keep pets outside. Keep pests out of sleeping areas and off furniture.
- Wash bedding weekly in hot water.
- Use dust-mite covers on pillows and mattresses.
- Make sure all of your ventilation and exhaust fans are working. If not, get them fixed.
- Speak with a doctor to treat serious allergies and sinus problems. If you have allergies or sinus issues, speak with a certified allergist or otolaryngologist who specializes in sinuses and allergies. If you have a skin allergy, speak with a dermatologist.
For maximum protection from allergies and indoor air contaminants, speak with a professional about Air Cleaners and Purifiers, such as Air Scrubber Plus®. Air Scrubber Plus® can remove 99.9% of the harmful contaminants in your home.
Summer Allergy Don’ts
- If you are allergic, don’t mow lawns or be around freshly cut grass. Mowing will stir up pollen and aggravate allergies.
- Similarly, don’t rake leaves or trim bushes as this will also spur allergy attacks.
- Don’t hang clothing outside to dry. Pollen and mold spores can collect and gather on them.
- Don’t overwater your indoor plants as wet soil will encourage mold growth.
- Don’t smoke in your home or car.
- Don’t go to bed without showering first. If possible, take a shower and change your clothes as soon as you come home. This prevents all those outdoor contaminants from spreading around your bed and home.
What Affects Indoor Air Quality?
If you’re the average American, you spend most of your time, about 90%, indoors. Unfortunately, the air we breathe in our homes, schools, and businesses is often much more polluted than the air outdoors—some pollutants often 2-5 times higher than outdoor concentrations (U.S. EPA).
Poor Indoor Air Quality Warning Signs:
- Increase in Asthma and Allergy Symptoms (Coughing, Wheezing, Chest Tightness, and Shortness of Breath)
- Rise in Cold and Flu-Like Symptoms
- House is Difficult to Clean
- Visible Mold, Dust Bunnies, and Other Contaminants
The contaminants floating around your indoor air can be chemicals, gases, mold and microorganisms. These pollutants can cause many health problems, such as:
- Itchy, burning eyes, nose and throat
Poor IAQ Can Cause or Worsen:
- Asthma and Allergies
- Heart Disease
- Other Long-Term Conditions
High exposure to certain gases and chemicals, such as carbon monoxide, can even cause death.
If you notice and increase in asthma and allergy symptoms, a rise in cold and flu-like symptoms, or a smelly, stuffy air, you may have an unhealthy level of contaminants in the home.
While asthma and allergy symptoms can be controlled with medicine, the best way to achieve better health and quality of life is by reducing or removing the triggers.
Speak with a certified professional at Service Champions for indoor air quality solutions. If you are experiencing any major health concerns, speak with a doctor. These summer allergy tips are not meant to substitute a consultation with a doctor.
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